USTDA awards a grant to Nuclearelectrica to support development of civil nuclear energy in Romania

by Romanian Reporter - Monday, January 18, 2021 3:48 PM


USTDA awards a grant to Nuclearelectrica to support development of civil nuclear energy in Romania

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded $1.277.115 last week as a non-refundable grant to Nuclearelectrica (SNN), the Romanian state-controlled operator of the nuclear reactors at Cernavoda, for technical assistance to support the development of small modular reactor (SMR) solutions in Romania.

“USTDA is an ideal partner for Romania as it seeks cutting-edge civil nuclear energy technology for its future energy needs,” said Todd Abrajano, USTDA’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agency. “Our assistance will build stronger ties between our respective industries and create new business opportunities for U.S. industry in an important market.”

USTDA’s technical assistance will support Romania’s efforts to include SMR technology in its national energy strategy. The assistance will identify a shortlist of SMR-suitable sites, assess SMR technology options, and develop site-specific licensing roadmaps. SNN selected Illinois-based Sargent & Lundy to carry out the assistance.

Chief Executive Officer of SNN, Cosmin Ghita, noted: “In addition to the current development of Reactors 3 and 4, SNN is also interested in assessing the development of small modular reactors as a long-term solution to further develop the Romanian nuclear industry. We are interested in features like flexibility, modularity, and higher efficiency that could provide advantages for both the energy system and businesses after 2035. The grant awarded by USTDA will allow us to further explore siting and technology compatibility with the proper technical assistance and have this assessment process initiated in due time for further decision-making.”

See the full press release on ustda.gov

Photo: USTDA / Facebook


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